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Summoned for Jury Duty? Respond Online
Iowans called for jury duty can now respond while in their bathrobes.
A new online service of the Iowa Judicial Branch, eJuror, enables Iowans to respond to a court summons, complete a standard juror questionnaire, ask to reschedule jury duty and obtain information about serving on a jury.
“Each year, the courts call thousands of Iowans to jury duty,” said Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus in a prepared statement. “Because their time is valuable, we want to make their service as jurors as convenient as possible. Our new eJuror service will make reporting for jury duty a little easier.”
Iowans who receive a jury summons in the mail can respond to the summons on the eJuror site. The jury number on the summons becomes the citizen’s login information. Once logged in, the software will provide the standard juror questionnaire and electronically send the completed form to the court’s clerk. There are also links to useful information about jury service, an email contact address for each court clerk and an option for requesting a one-time rescheduling of jury service.
Iowa courts are mandated by law to randomly select prospective jurors from a master list that includes licensed drivers and registered voters. More than 60,000 Iowans are summoned for duty each year. Iowa law provides that a person shall not be required, in any two-year period, to serve a term of more than three months unless to complete service in a particular case; to serve on more than one grand jury; or to serve as both a grand and petit juror.